National Capital Area Council - The Akela Chess Classic Scouts BSA Tournament

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The Akela Chess Classic Scouts BSA Tournament

Event Details

Take on the fun and challenge of playing chess!  The Akela Chess Classic is a five-round chess tournament open to all Scouts BSA, Venturers, STEM Scouts in Technology Labs,  and Sea Scouts from age 10 to 20.  Tournament play is in three brackets: age 10-12, age 13-15, and age 16 and up.       

Participants must know the rules of chess as there will be no instruction on site at the tournament.  Tournament play is touch-move, meaning if a player touches a piece he must move it.  Games are at a time limit of one hour.  


Tournament rules are attached as a document to the right.  It is strongly recommended to read the tournament rules before registering.  The rules will also be available on site at the tournament.

Awards:  Each participating Scout receives a custom tournament patch.  Trophies/medals will be awarded to first, second, and third place by age bracket.  Multiple awards will be issued for ties.

Fees:  The cost is $25.00 per Scout.

What to bring:  Each Scout is to wear the field uniform. A responsible adult must be on site throughout the tournament.  Chess sets will be provided so please do not bring one. 

Lunch: Families may step out for lunch (approx 12pm - 1pm) or bring a bag lunch – no peanuts or nut products, please. 

Register early as there is a capacity (by room size)!  The registration deadline is midnight on February 4.

When and Where 

February 10, check in at 8:30 AM.  Rounds are at 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM and 2 PM.  Awards at 3:30 PM.

Marriott Scout Service Center

9190 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814



Roger Claff, Tournament Director,

Interested in the Cubs Chess Tournament? It's the previous Saturday, February 3! See here

When & Where
Scouts Chess Tournament
Marriott Scout Service Center
Saturday 02-10-2024
8:30 AM ET to 4:00 PM ET Past
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